Archive for March 29, 2006

3/29/06 10:00 pm

Theresa is caring for Mike tonight.  She reports that Mike is, again, holding steadily.  He has not shown a lot of responsiveness today, but he continues to raise his head in respose to oral care and he is showing eye movement, though he is not tracking right now.  She states that Mike continues to do very well with tests of his ability to breathe with less ventilator assistance.  She also reassures us that Mike is holding — and he is not moving backward.  She reminds us that, right now, Mike's doctors are trying to move him forward physically in a few areas, and that this is probably causing some stress to his system.  She offered that this is very likely why we have been seeing a little less neurological response.

The doctors are slowly trying to move Mike off of the ventilator, which will effectively return his lungs to a normal "environment."  In addition, other measures are being taken to slowly return Mike's brain to its normal operating environment, and to withdraw the artificial means of assistance put in place during surgery.

The point that Theresa was trying to make was (I think) that Mike's entire system is in a delicate balance right now, and even in that delicate balance we've seen a lot that is encouraging.  But in working to move Mike forward, that balance is going to be disturbed from time to time, and he might not always be able to perform exceptionally on every test.  His breathing tests are great right now, so his responsiveness might be a little off.  This is not unusual.

As the prayer vigil begins, we want to encourage everyone to pray for increased physical stability, for continued adaptation of Mike's brain to the increasingly normal bodily environment he's returning to, and for protection from complications, specifically infections, which could create obstacles or real danger.  Of course, we have so much for which to offer praise and thanksgiving, as well. 

I doubt very much if any single person will be praying alone throughout the entire prayer vigil.  Thank you, everyone, and thank you again, Anne.

March 29, 2006 at 11:42 pm 7 comments

3/29/06 10:30 a.m.

Mike is holding steady.  His responses are unchanged for the most part, and he has remained less active overnight.  He has been able to show what his nurse decribed as a more appropriate response to certain stimuli, in that he will attempt to raise his head at times (in response to oral care).  Mike contnues to have a mild temperature, but this is not of great concern.

Mike recently underwent an hour-long trial of reduced support from his ventilator, to see how he would do.  He did great.  The objective here is to be able to take Mike off the ventilator, allowing him to breathe unassisted (though perhaps still with a supply of air richer in oxygen than normal air).  Know that the concentration of oxygen has been steadily reduced, in response to Mike's improved lung function, and that he is now breathing air only slightly higher in oxygen that the air we breathe.

Mike's nurse indicated that, in terms of his physical health, he appears to be doing very well.  He will be starting some "passive" physical therapy and occupational therapy, to keep his joints flexible.

Mike's EEG test, we are told, was conducted for the primary purpose of ruling out seizures and the risk of seizures.  It was wonderful to hear that Mike does not appear to be at substantial risk of seizures, and anti-seizure medications are not being prescribed.  The EEG results were otherwise consistent with his surgical procedure, but it appears that the EEG was ordered for the purpose of assessing risk for seizure and that it is not really being looked to for more than that.

Please make a special point of praying for the nurses who care for Mike 24 hours a day, and who work with him on his neurological responses.  Pray specifically that they will be encouraged to really push Mike to show them everything that he can.  Mike has seemed to perform best when family members and friends were in his room with the nurse, literally cheering him on, and loudly urging him to close his grip or raise his arm, etc.  It has been suggested that the familiar voices could be a factor.  (I can assure you that if volume is a factor, we had that covered as well.)  Point is, we need to pray that Mike's nurses will be encouraged to really push him hard, and yell at him, just as we have all had to do at one time or another.

You all are wonderful.  Thanks for filling up the prayer schedule.  I know that probably hundreds more will be joining in prayer throughout the day, who may not have been able to commit to a specifc time.

March 29, 2006 at 12:58 pm 3 comments

PRAYER VIGIL SCHEDULE (add comment to request a time slot)


Hi everyone else who loves the Zegarskis! So here is the beginnings of the schedule for Thursday. If you are “just tuning in” I left a post yesterday detailing our day of prayer this Thursday starting at 6am. E-mail me at to let me know if you’d like to participate (and if you live in Naperville, also let me know if you’d be interested in going to a specific site to pray such as the young life office). The schedule thus far is as follows:

6:00am  Christina Matousek, Paula Draheim, Bob Whitney, Kirby Snell, Jeff Rubin, Jenn Mesko, Amy Pasqualini
6:30am  Ann-Marie Stuopys, Heather Lewantowicz, Janice Rubin, Gail Reed, Melanie McCord
7:00am Beth Buschman, Mitch McKenna, Katie Albaugh
7:30am  Rachel Baron, Jason Lewantowicz, Vickie Sinclair, Bob Whitney
8:00am Jordan Burton, Carleen Suttman, Joy Thomas, Mary O'Brien
8:30am Sam Curley, Susan Stamm, Judy Maples
9:00am  Debbie Dixon, Bessma Shamma, Jeanne Brennesholtz
9:30am  Linda Doyle, Jenny Escalante, Stacey Schmelzel, Jack Kelly
10:00am  Wendy Bell, Aimee Tucker, Kevin Thommes
10:30am  Wendy Bell, Mary Ashley, Ben Chambers
11:00am  Shawn Belmont, Megan Pehlke, Jessica Maples
11:30am  Aimee Tucker, Patti Rice
12:00pm  Jessica Maples, Kathy Bossingham
12:30pm Kevin Reeve, Matt Walker, Dan Riordan
1:00pm  Katy Johnson
1:30pm  Cindy Geighes, Becky Davis
2:00pm  Jenny Escalante, Scott Rice, Jen Gioffre Poland
2:30pm Julie Wachter, Raeann Everts
3:00pm  Karen Doer, Brendan Wischweh
3:30pm Aaron Wachter
4:00pm  Katie Doyle, Shelly Prado
4:30pm  Goodman family, Gail and Phil Ebersole
5:00pm  Ryan Magnuson
5:30pm   Mary Ashley, Liz Lmbka (and crew)
6:00pm  Megan Pehlke, Joy Mysliwiec
6:30pm  Joy Mysliwiec, Molly Winkelmeyer, Nancy Rahsman, Patti Van Dorn
7:00pm Erin Strong, Shannon Hallstrom
7:30pm Sister Strong, Dave Sloop
8:00pm Mom Strong
8:30pm  Beth Stoy
9:00pm  Chad & Melissa Perry, Stacey Matiyow
9:30pm  Leslie Swiss, Linda Doyle, Sarah Naffzinger
10:00pm  Martha Turner, Sarah Naffziger, Wendy Bell
10:30pm  Ken Fay, Anna Davidson, Kristi Vana
11:00pm  Julia Redford,  Collette Cerveny (and Dayton YL leaders), Ida Lynn Wenhold
11:30pm  Justin Elder, eli Margaron
12:00am  Desiree Singleton, Emmy Childress
12:30am  Matt Maragon, Ben Thomas
1:00am Sarah Spunt
1:30am  Rob Engelhardt
2:00am Beth Griebel
2:30am Dan Griebel
3:00am Ellie Liebovitz
3:30am  Lisa Haid
4:00am  Lisa Haid, Damon Frahler
4:30am Kari & Mike Ledebuhr, Dave & Gwen Hubbard
5:00am The Lunde Family, Annie Udell, Kim Schutter, Jeff Chesemore
5:30am Kim Hoffman, Vickie Sinclair, Barbara Gobrail, Heather Radinski, Melissa Page, Marcia McKenna
6:00am Margaret Sumner

Please e-mail me to let me know if you’d like to join us in prayer for Mike, Michelle, McKaela, Eli, and the rest of the Zegarski/Bultema bunch. THANKS again for showing me and so many others what true community in Christ looks like.

March 29, 2006 at 8:37 am 67 comments


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